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SF's policies are now under scrutiny, and grand coalition may offer most stable option

Philip Ryan


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Thumbs up: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is elected to the 33rd Dáil in Cork  South-Central. Photo: PA

Thumbs up: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is elected to the 33rd Dáil in Cork South-Central. Photo: PA

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Thumbs up: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is elected to the 33rd Dáil in Cork South-Central. Photo: PA

The next couple of weeks in Irish politics could be quite a spectacle. The establishment parties are determined to expose what they see as the faults in the politics of change.

They would, wouldn't they, says you. But perhaps they also should doff their caps to Mary Lou McDonald and her merry band of left-wing TDs.

Sinn Féin insists it won the election. One in four voters wants it to run the country, so the attitude in both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is let it off.